By Richard Thomas Ibadan
The Chairman, House Committee on Commerce and Cooperatives in Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Akintunde Olajide has admonished traders in the state to stay united in their daily dealings irrespective of their ethnic or religious background on the need to make peace, development and harmony reign supreme in the market structure of the state.
Hon. Olajide gave the admonition at a public hearing by his committee held at the House of Chiefs to improve the structure and activities of traders in the state.
In his address, the lawmaker who represents Lagelu constituency said the Oyo State Market Leader’s Council Bill when passed into law by the Assembly will redesign the leadership council of the markets and give it a new structure to make the system viable to boost trading hand business activities in the state.
This Bill was proposed and sponsored by my humble self due to the serious power tussle existing among the traders, more so, the market leadership was not well structured and organized.
He said the need for a good leadership system in our market becomes imperative, adding that the Bill will look into ways to ensure peace and stability of the market system.
While appreciating government officials and traders for attending the public hearing, Hon. Olajide assured that the Bill will be critically considered by the committee.
Stakeholders who contributed to the issue described the Bill as a welcome development, adding that it is viable to the restructuring of the market system.
Traders who spoke with Journalists at the programme hailed Hon. Olajide for coming up with such Bill, urging him to allow traders choose their representatives by themselves.
The Iyaloja General, Mrs Folashade Azeezat Abeo urged members to follow the rules in the Bill in order to make peace and unity reign supreme among traders in the state.
She equally urged them to cooperate with the administration of governor Seyi Makinde to move the system forward.